Ricky "Running" Watters, a nickname given to him by ESPN's Chris Berman, because of his unique high-stepping running style, was an every-down back who never came off the field. He was a dual threat just as dangerous as a receiver and as a rusher. Under Lou Holtz, Ricky played flanker, split end as well as running back. He also ran back punts and kicks on special teams. This is what made him such a versatile player and set him apart in the pros. Ricky patterned his game after legends such as Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, and Marcus Allen...players who could do it all and played every down.

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Team Captain

High School All-American

PA Big 33 Player of the Year 1987

National Championship 1988

97 yard punt return for a TD v. SMU1989

Tied for most punt returns for a TD in a season


Superbowl XXIX Champion 1994

Pro Bowl Selection 1992, 1993, 1994

Victor's Award – Comeback Player of the Year 1992

Tied Record for Most TD's in a Superbowl (3)

Tied Record for most TD's in a playoff game (5) v. NY Giants (1993-1994 season)

All-Pro Selection

All-Madden Team


Pro Bowl Selection 1995, 1996

Eagles MVP Award 1995

Team Captain

All Pro Selection

All-Madden Team


Steve Largent Award 2000

Over 10,000 career rushing yards

Team Captain

Holds all time record for most consecutive starts as a running back behind only Walter Payton

Only Running Back to rush for 1,000 yards/season for 3 different NFL teams


Ricky Watters Foundation Founder 1998-2008

Urban Youth League Founder 2008-2014

Eagles Fly for Leukemia Honorary Spokesperson 1995-1998

American Cancer Society Humanitarian of the Year 1993, 1994

Unity-One/Amer-I-Can Honorary Board Member 2003-2006

Morehouse College Honorary Guest Speaker 2005

Wall Street Project Honorary Guest Speaker 2005

University of Notre Dame Greater Orlando Good Fellow Award 2008

Honorary Chairman PA Big 33 Game 2010

Honorary Captain Seattle Seahawks 2010

Central Florida Sports Commission Hall of Fame 2011

Great Oaks Village Honorary Spokesperson 2008-2014

Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Capital Area Chapter 2017

San Francisco 49ers Academy Honorary Spokesperson 2018


Contributor on CNN, Fox Sports, ESPN, NFL Network

CSN Bay Area Analyst San Francisco 2015-2017

Fox Sports Analyst San Francisco 2014

AFL China Exhibition game Honolulu and Beijing Analyst 2013

Cameo appearance in the film "Any Given Sunday" 1999

Cameo appearance in "In The House" television series 1997

Live performance "It's in the Game" with Method Man House of Blues, New Orleans 1997 & MTV Jams 1996

"Monday Night Live with Ricky Watters" Co-Host Philadelphia 1996

"The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Guest 1995

"49ers Playbook" Co-Host San Francisco 1994